CCSD confirmed a fight involving two students at Foothill High School was recorded and posted on the web. (YouTube)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
A prolonged schoolyard fight posted to YouTube has parents concerned and some questioning where security was and if there was an adult presence of any kind when it took place.
The video runs more than a minute and shows two teens, presumably students, engaging in a lengthy tussle as classmates cheer, capture video and egg them on.
FOX5 contacted the Clark County School District (CCSD) after being tipped off to the video by an anonymous, concerned parent.
A spokesperson for the district said the fight took place after school on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Foothill High School on College Drive in Henderson.
The spokesperson also said the district is well aware of the fight and that the two teens involved are facing disciplinary action. Foothill High School is also looking into whether the students who shot the fight should face discipline.
CCSD spokesperson Amanda Fulkerson issued the following statement to FOX5 on Friday afternoon regarding the altercation:
"The Clark County School District has strict, zero-tolerance rules in place regarding bullying and fighting. The District has always had policies and procedures in place to deal with such behavior.
"Portable technology like cell phones make incidents of violence and/or bullying easier to document. Sharing footage of an assault on websites or electronically from student-to-student serves no purpose other than to further ridicule and embarrass the victim and embolden bullies.
"Any student who captures photos or video of an assault on-campus, on a bus or during a school activity should immediately turn the footage over to a teacher, school administrator or police. That footage will become evidence against students who stoop to assault.
"Additionally, the Clark County School District will not be participating in on-camera media interviews regarding student fight videos. Doing so encourages copy-cat acts, gives bullies an audience, and keeps the cycle of bullying going by causing further embarrassment to the student(s) involved.
"We do not condone bullying or violence and will not be a part of the repeated showing of these videos on television."
The names of the students involved in the brawl have not been released.
Parents of other students at Foothill have mixed emotions about seeing the video posted online.
"For those individuals to stand around and watch that, to me, they're just as guilty as the individuals participating," said parent Gene Collins.
"Kids aren't machines, you're not gonna train them to be perfect. Nobody's perfect," said parent Ed Ridenour.
"With technology today kids are gonna film it and try to get the next 15 minutes of fame for them," said Brian Hoeft, who has two sons enrolled at Foothill.
Stay with FOX5 for updates on this story.
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